Sunday, July 24, 2011

Personal Fitness when traveling

If you find yourself traveling and unable to fit a yoga mat into your luggage or fit attending a class into your travel schedule, if you have a laptop and access the the internet you can attend a class on YOUR schedule!

Q: How is that possible you ask?

A: Well, one of the chanels on is Gaiam's wake Up Workout. Pick the workout you wish to do and you are all set! As of today, 26 episodes are posted. They range from Pilates to Yoga to Power Sculpt to Boot Camp. There is something for everyone. You may even want to try something new in the privacy of your hotel room!

Q: How do I make my hotel environment more like a studio environment?

A: One thing you can do is use a towel (or two for cushioning) as a mat. If you feel more comfortable with the use of a yoga mat, you can purchase mini yoga mats for your hands and feet so you do not slide. Amazon and other retailers sell yoga paws and feet.

Q: What will I need to pack?

A: Your computer and whatever clothing is appropriate for you to workout is all that you will need. Remember, you will be in the privacy of your own room!

Remember, a class online or on a DVD is an option when you cannot take a class in person. Taking a class in person is always best as a trained instructor can give you tips that adapt an exercise to fit your body and can give you tips to make changes if you are doing an exercise incorrectly.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Make Personal Fitness a Priority

Personal fitness is a priority in my life. The time I spend being athletic is the time I have to relax. The gym, yoga studio, pilates class or tennis court provide me with respite. I think clearer in those spaces. The quiet time allows me to reflect.

I find ways to work my personal fitness routine into my day. During a normal work week, it is after work. I utilize the time to relax after a day of giving to others.

As a school teacher, my summer fitness schedule is NOT routine. I am more flexible with my time (and try to take more yoga classes to get more flexible physically!) and can vary my activities. The change of pace is welcomed!

I have been traveling quite a bit recently and have found that may gyms welcome guests. You too can make the time for your personal fitness when traveling with a little leg work. Many gyms offer "specials" to entice you to try their space. Many yoga studios have promotions that allow you to take a first class free or pay a set amount, usually very reasonable, to try out the studio for a week (hoping you will take enough classes to get hooked on the studio OR an specific instructor). You can always hit the streets and walk or run around a new location to discover a new place, weather and safety permitting.

In the midst of your busy summer, stay cool, stay hydrated and STAY FIT!